Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: On the Edge by Stuart Edge

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On the Edge: How My Crappy Job Changed My Life, by Stuart Edge
2016, 244p, Non-Fiction, Inspirational
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

“I think my video just went viral.”

Stuart Edge had a crappy run of things, including his parents’ divorce, anxiety, moving to Mexico and not speaking the language, and a job cleaning porta-potties. But instead of slowing him down, these struggles gave him the inspiration he needed to pursue his daydream—creating videos.

Now a YouTube sensation, Stuart shares his secrets to success and reveals his conversion from self-conscious to confident. For Stuart, being true to his beliefs has made all the difference.

Stuart Edge, a YouTube Sensation, shares how he turned a (literally) crappy job into a success story. This book is divided in three parts. In Part One, The Formative Years, he describes his life growing up. His parents divorced and his mother moved them to Mexico for a while. While there, he learned something that would ultimately help him years later. In Part Two, It All Starts to Come Together, he focuses on post-mission life, dating experiences and how his job cleaning porta-potties ultimately changed the course of his life. In Part Three, Viral Videos, he talks about what it was like to become an overnight sensation and the value in the lessons he continued to learn.

I actually hadn't heard of Stuart Edge before reading his book but the title grabbed my attention and I was interested in what he had to say. I loved that he was willing to open himself up and share what he learned through the tough times. I also loved his sense of humor! My son is interested in becoming a YouTuber and I liked that he included a few YouTube tips at the very end.

As I was reading about his videos, I realized that I had seen at least one of them before--the one where he was behind the camera. I checked out his YouTube Channel and like what he's doing so I subscribed to it. I will definitely be paying attention to him from now on! This book is full of great advice for teenagers, but adults will enjoy it, too!

About the author:

Stuart Edge was earning money for college tuition by cleaning portable toilets when inspiration hit: “Make YouTube Videos That Make People Happy.” Only months later, he called his mother in a panic. “Please pray for me. I think one of my videos just went viral.” The Mistletoe Kissing Prank did indeed go viral, netting more than 27 million views to date. Several viral videos later, Stuart Edge has found fame, and possibly fortune, making people laugh. Not bad for a boy with social anxiety.


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